The 2017 Sale Cup is a Listed mile event held at Sale Racecourse towards the end of October.
Held under handicap conditions, horses aged three years and older can contest the Sale Cup for a share in $150,000 prize money.
Although a cup event, the Sale Cup is only 1600m long. Even so, it has been regularly targeted by classy types over the years.
Horses take a variety of paths to the Sale Cup. Some come via relatively major metro races in nearby Melbourne, while some come via local mile and staying events.
The Sale Cup can be a good launching pad. From there, horses may go on to contest Group level events such as the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap. A lot of Sale races tend to have this effect; Makybe Diva had her fourth start in a Class 1 at Sale before going on to win three Melbourne Cups during her career.
The Sale Turf Club was established in 1862, and the Sale Cup can trace its history back to then. Because of its reputation for champion building, it’s worth following horses who do well in the Sale Cup as they go on to other events.
Notable Sale Cup winners include Oval Office (2001), Benedetti (2005) and Mouro (2013).
2017 Sale Cup Field
The Sale Cup field draws horses from local stables and also from metro training operations. It’s not uncommon to spot a few previous group level winners in amongst the Sale Cup field. As the race continues to grow in popularity as a spring carnival main event, more quality horses will appear in the Sale Cup field.
The 2017 Sale Cup field will be published below.
2017 Sale Cup Nominations
The Sale Cup nominations are usually filled out with horses from a broad range of racing backgrounds and skill levels. Generally, locally trained horses tend to appear in the Sale Cup nominations alongside runners from metro stables. As a result, the Sale Cup nominations tend to promise a fairly interesting country vs city clash.
The 2016 Sale Cup nominations will be published here.
Sale Cup Results
|2017||1 Moss ‘N’ Dale||2 Fastnet Tempest||3 Raw Impulse||1:36.8|
|2016||1 First Course||2 Cool Chap||3 Manageress||1:43.8|
|2015||1 Evangelist||2 Harada Bay||3 Streets Away||1:36.8|
|2014||1 Sonntag||2 Lightenuff||3 Red Inca||1:37.8|
|2013||1 Mouro||2 Mutual Trust||3 Rhythm To Spare||1:36.3|
|2012||1 Sertorius||2 Prizum||3 Utah Saints||1:35.97|
|2011||1 Pinnacles||2 Lord Pyrus||3 Cosmic Causeway||1:36.5|
|2010||1 Eraset||2 Lakedro||3 Tagus||1:35.6|
|2009||1 Offenders||2 Nine Tales||3 Ace Harmony||1:36.8|
|2008||1 Electromotive||2 Gold Salute||3 Rockpecker||1:35.4|
|2007||1 Mr Baritone||2 Eclair Passion||3 Gotta Have Heart||1:36.7|
|2006||1 Emerald Jack||2 Thin And Crispy||3 Red Ali||1:35.5|
|2005||1 Benedetti||2 Smart And Mighty||3 Kehlstein||1:37.3|
|2004||1 Inspire||2 Encosta Legend||3 Foxborough||1:34.8|
|2003||1 Lord Ardsley||2 Acetate||3 Just Like Kelly||1:35.5|
|2002||1 Panoramic Lad||2 Eagle Rhythm||3 Count Down||1:35.5|
|2001||1 Oval Office||2 Arabian Magic||3 Knockroe||1:09.1|
|2000||1 Our Guided Missile||2 Seeking||3 Knockroe||1:35.7|